This is cross-posted with Illinois Prison Watch because it’s all about moving federal prisoners (including some from Guantanamo) into this used prison the feds want to buy from the state… more on that topic later.
As detailed in this local article, which is headlined “Obama’s 2011 budget includes money for Thomson prison purchase,” all the recent talk of a proposed spending freeze has not prevented a budget line-item to enable the feds to buy a prison. Here are the details:
The Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2011 includes $237 million for the purchase, renovation and staffing of the Thomson Correctional Center. The administration has proposed buying the nearly vacant facility 50 miles northeast of the Quad-Cities and using it to house detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison also would take approximately 1,600 federal prisoners.
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